My journey into minimalism

DarkWoods

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Hi everyone.

About two years ago, my apartment was really messy. Stuff, boxes and books were everywhere. It was a complete clutter. Not just in my apartment but in my mind too.

What I mean is that when I looked at the bunch of things I owned and the mess I was living in, my stress level was very high. A few months after, I was diagnosed with major depression and general anxiety. Most of it came from my job but I think a big part also came from the clutter I was living in.

So in late 2017, I read books about decluttering. It didn't help. I was just putting my clutter into different boxes. Then, I started reading a book about minimalism. And I saw the light. I suggest you read this book;

"Goodbye things" by Fumio Sasaki.

I tried to follow as much tips from the book as possible and learned that minimalism is not about getting rid of everything you own. It's about keeping only the things you need, use and enjoy and get rid of the rest.

So I put lots of ads on internet to sell my stuff. I sold a few things, especially the biggest objects. But nobody call to buy my books, CD or DVD collection. I was thinking that if I continue to sell my things at this rate, my apartment will be decluttered in 2067.

So in January 2018, I called an organism that help people with handicaps and told them I have lots of stuff to give. They sent me a truck after I told them I want to give at least 200 books, some small furnitures, games, kitchen stuff, new scale models, CD, DVD and lot more. When the truck left, I felt way better. My clutter was less visible even though I was still having lots of stuff.

Eventually, I called them back last January. The truck came and I think I gave them as much stuff as the first time, including an almost new guitar and probably another 200 books.

Since then, I have cleaned all my apartment and when I was finished I felt so relieved. Now, I'm not stressed anymore when I come back home and I never felt the need to buy the stuff I gave. Another thing I have done is buy ebooks on my Kindle instead of paperback or hardcover versions.

And you, have you ever thought about getting rid of the stuff you don't need?
 

Papi Knox

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That's beautiful Brother.

Your experiences are powerful.

Right now I'm looking for a 2-3 bedroom. Not to feel it with stuff, but to live in it completely with peace of mind. I'm actually selling all my things now like you did. Starting today using Craigslist and Facebook marketplace.

I want a place where I can relax, feel comfortable, raise my family, and focus on conquering the world to build my Empire.

Glad to have you hear @DarkWoods. Looking forward to more conversations with you. Maybe advice about selling too? I'll donate what I don't sell after 30 days. Thank you for that insight.
 

DarkWoods

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Good luck on your journey into minimalism. I really suggest you read the book I was talking before; "Goodbye things"

This book opened my eyes and made my life way less stressful.

For selling, I was doing it on ads website and on Facebook when I had an account. Every few days, I would remove my ads and put them back again so they appear always on top of the list.

Another tip I would give you is that the more time it takes for a potential buyer to come see your stuff, the less you are going to succeed in selling.Time is really important. If someone is interested in an item, just tell them; I am available today between X and Y. Is it ok for you? And also always sell to the first person that you meet. Don't keep an item for a few days if a potential buyer is not able to meet you today.
 

Papi Knox

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Good luck on your journey into minimalism. I really suggest you read the book I was talking before; "Goodbye things"

This book opened my eyes and made my life way less stressful.

For selling, I was doing it on ads website and on Facebook when I had an account. Every few days, I would remove my ads and put them back again so they appear always on top of the list.

Another tip I would give you is that the more time it takes for a potential buyer to come see your stuff, the less you are going to succeed in selling.Time is really important. If someone is interested in an item, just tell them; I am available today between X and Y. Is it ok for you? And also always sell to the first person that you meet. Don't keep an item for a few days if a potential buyer is not able to meet you today.
I'm reading between the lines and see brilliant insights on general salesmanship. Whether you know it or not, you're operating on higher level that could easily take you to new heights when you're ready to apply them with focus and purpose. It's nice to see it radiate off you. Looking forward to what more you share with the Gentlemen here.
 

Papi Knox

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A man who knows how to get what he wants is the ultimate salesman. It's our biological imperative as human beings to sell.

A newborn sells his parents to raise him and give him a fighting chance. A man attracts a woman to sell her on the idea of a blowjob or marriage. An unemployed kid sells the idea of hiring him to be part of a company.

Sales is natural. Few of us exercise the skill on purpose however. Sounds like you've incidentally done it, which gives you an advantage over many.

Keep goin!
 
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